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Off-Campus Housing


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1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: buildings aren't very well taken care of, ratty and don't have very good parking.

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1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Nobody really lives off-campus. The college guarantees housing, and it only allows 50 people to live off-campus each year anyways.

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1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: 98% of Amherst students live on-campus. Off-campus housing exists, but it's usually for students with special conditions or situations. It's available, but usually not worth it. Practically everyone just lives in dorms.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Not Many – Most students choose to live on campus. The few who don't live in frat or sorority houses in pretty nice and affordable houses that are close to campus.


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Amherst students love their dorms. Hardly anyone lives off campus, and there isn’t even an organized bulletin board at the College of available apartments for rent. Although living in your own apartment offers a sense of independence to most college students, Amherst kids seem content with letting the College take care of them, even as they slowly turn into mature men and women. Dorm residents have respect for their neighbors and common dorm property, so hardly any students get the “God, I gotta get out of this hell-hole” feeling that is present at so many other universities. Furthermore, the College, with its dorms and quads, is a magnet for partiers from the five schools in the area. Living off campus would just entail lots of shuffling to and from the dorms on weekends.

Those who do opt to live off campus will find a respectable variety of houses and apartments at reasonable prices. Students do have to seek special permission from the College to live off campus, and freshmen are required to live on campus. College administrators feel that living off campus will damage the liberal arts educational process, an important part of which is the social life. Most students conclude by themselves that it is simply not worth it to miss out on the social events here. This perhaps sums up Amherst housing in a nutshell. It’s always nice to see most of the people you go to school with, not only in class, but also out and about on Friday nights.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Toward the beginning of the academic year, landlords will usually jack up their prices, but you can avoid that by securing an apartment in the summer or in the midst of the academic year.
Popular Areas
  • Main Street
  • North Pleasant Street
  • South Pleasant Street
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $800
  • 2 BR: $1,000
  • Studio: $700
Did You Know?
Most of the restaurants are within 5- to 10-minute walk from campus.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 23 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 23 responses

  • 0% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 0% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 22% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 78% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 23 responses

  • 13% Extremely helpful.
  • 9% Somewhat helpful.
  • 65% Not very helpful.
  • 13% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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